Lionsgate is trying out a radical new approach to making movies – one in which you don’t spend a bajillion dollars producing, distributing, and advertising every film. Their new initiative, which focuses on what they’re calling microbudget films, is set to start releasing 10 films a year that all cost under 2 million dollars to produce. Seeing as the normal practice seems to have become releasing one film that costs 200 million to produce, you can see how this is such a change of pace for the industry. Lionsgate executive Joe Drake explained the strategy, “Microbudget films involve minimal overhead and very little risk, but a potentially high reward. This initiative allows us to add another layer to our slate of movies that work both financially and creatively.” That doesn’t seem so hard to figure out, make more movies for less money and each one becomes less of a risk, and you have more chances for something to hit big and recoup all your money. I sincerely hope it works out.
The first three films to be produced under the initiative have been announced. The first is called Rapturepalooza, a comedy set after the religious apocalypse. It’s being directed by Paul Middleditch, written by Chris Matheson, and has Craig Robinson set to star. They refer to it as Zombieland meets The Big Lebowski in the press release, but that sounds too good to be true. If I was trying to sell movies that’s probably how I would describe everything.
The second film on tap is called Gay Dude, and it’s described as one of those coming of age, teenagers vow to lose their virginity movies, but with a twist. Best friends Matty and Michael both want to have sex before they graduate high school, but shocks are to be had when Matty tells Michael that he’s gay. Comedic high jinx presumably ensue, and since the script was written by Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang, I have hopes that they will be funny high jinx. Gay Dude is one of those films that made the Black List, which catalogues the best, unproduced scripts floating through Hollywood every year.
Finally, the third film will be a thriller called 6 Miranda Drive that is coming from Wolf Creek writer/director Greg Mclean. The story is “based on the true events” of a family who brings some sort of entity home with them from vacation that goes on to haunt them and destroy their lives. I sat through Wolf Creek, and am not so excited about the news of this one. Especially with that “true events” tagline stuck on the description. I’ve had just about enough of these horror movies that try to convince you they’re real, I like over the top insanity in my horror movies, thank you very much. Not grainy footage of little kids talking creepy or whatever.
Source: Coming Soon